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Theology of TransformationFaith, Freedom, and the Christian Act$
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Oliver Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685950.001.0001

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Christ in Us

Christ in Us

Spirit, Freedom, and Church

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Theology of Transformation

Oliver Davies

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we look carefully at the ontology of the exalted body of Jesus as encountered by St Paul in his own writings and in Acts. This body exhibits seven properties: it is identifiable, non-objectifiable, authoritative, compassionate, ecclesial in its relation of headship and priesthood with respect to the Church, pneumatological and comes to expression in our loving, commissioned acts. This is the ontology of the living Christ, encountered by St Paul as ‘contemporary’ with ourselves. It is argued that the exalted body of Christ in history as the source of history through the power of the Holy Spirit, who brings our bodily life into conformity with Christ’s own life through transforming the space and time which divides us from him.

Keywords:   Christ in us, exalted Christ, commissioning Christ, vocation, St Paul, priesthood of Christ, headship of Christ, Holy Spirit, Zwingli, ‘in Christ’

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